The Missouri Mavericks erased a two-goal deficit in the third period but fell to the Fort Wayne Komets 4-3 in overtime on Friday night in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Missouri tied the game 2-2 on goals by Ross Johnson and Kellen Jones, but Fort Wayne regained the lead on a goal by Alex Belzile. Matt Finn forced overtime when he scored with 1:29 to play for the Mavericks.
Missouri controlled the pace in overtime, but Belzile scored the game-winning goal from the point in the closing seconds.
The Mavericks return home to play Rapid City at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.
Courtney reaches milestone
Forward Andrew Courtney made franchise history Tuesday, becoming the first Mavericks player to play in 300 regular-season games.
He hit the milestone during a 5-3 win over the Indy Fuel.
“Coming to Kansas City six years ago, I never thought it would lead to 300 games with the Mavericks,” Courtney said. “I am very fortunate to have an organization believe in me to make this milestone happen.”
Courtney has spent his entire professional career with the Mavericks. On March 11, 2011, he appeared in his first game for the Mavs wearing No. 28. He returned for the 2011-12 season, when he started wearing No. 27.
Courtney, a native of Belleville, Ontario, quickly became a fan favorite. He set a franchise single-season goal record during the 2013-14 season with 34 goals. He broke his record in 2015 with 36 goals.
READ ACROSS AMERICA
The Mavericks will participate Wednesday in the annual national initiative, “Read Across America Day.”
The front-office staff, including owner Lamar Hunt Jr., players and mascot Mac will be reading to various elementary-school classes in the Kansas City area.
The day kicks off national reading month and encourages students to develop positive reading habits.